8 great reasons to visit Matfen Hall in Northumberland

Matfen Hall is a four star hotel with a spa and championship standard golf course. It is set within 300 acres of countryside by the quiet village of Matfen in Northumberland.

The hotel’s 53 guestrooms are within a historic manor house owned by Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett. You can still see traces of the Jacobean style forerunner of the current property in Matfen Hall’s entrance hall.

The current, neo-Gothic style building was designed by Thomas Rickman and built in the 1830s. It features grand, sculpted fireplaces and a great hall featuring the coats of arms of families who married Blacketts.

Under a 30-minute drive from the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and roughly 15 minutes from Newcastle International Airport, the hotel is grand yet proves a welcoming base for enjoying a break in England’s most northerly county.

Here are eight ideas that you might enjoy trying while staying at Matfen Hall.

A coat of arms on the gable end of Matfen Hall.

A coat of arms on the gable end of Matfen Hall.

Play a round of golf

Pack your clubs and play a round of golf on Matfen Hall’s beautifully maintained, championship standard course. Residents’ packages and reduced rates mean you get a good deal on playing.

Matfen Hall Golf Club opened in 1995 and has 27 holes. The course is arranged into three circuits, each of nine holes. This means you can introduce variations if you play a couple of times over a weekend.

There’s also a nine-hole, par three course plus a driving range with ten bays.

Fancy a round of golf at Matfen Hall?

Fancy a round of golf at Matfen Hall?

Start the day with a morning workout

Matfen Hall’s Aquae Vitae Spa has a fitness suite with cardiovascular equipment, weights plus mats for stretching and participating in aerobics classes.

If you pack your trainers you could also go for a run on some of the trails looping though the manor’s extensive grounds.

How about a gentle stroll in the garden for starters?

How about a gentle stroll in the garden for starters?

Tuck into a traditional breakfast

Treat yourself to a cooked breakfast served in the hotel’s Library Restaurant.

The Northumberland breakfast features eggy bread, black pudding and Northumberland sausage in a neat stack. It’s a tasty option and sets you up for calorie-burning activities during the day ahead.

Waiting staff bring orange, toast and coffee or tea to your table, meaning you can sit back and enjoy the ambiance of the wood-panelled room. The leather-bound books ranged on the shelves are a legacy of the pre-internet era in which people pored over printed pages to acquire knowledge and information.

Fancy a stack to eat? Eggy bread, sausage and back pud.

Fancy a stack to eat? Eggy bread, sausage and back pud.

Unwind in the spa

Guests are expected to check-out at 11.00am but it’s possible to access Aquae Vitae Spa throughout the day.

Remember your swimming trunks so you can swim lengths in the 16-metre pool and spend time in the hot tub, plus the saunas and steam room.

Call in advance to book a treatment if you fancy the idea of having a massage while you’re at Matfen Hall.

Alternatively, head straight to the restaurant for a bite to eat.

Alternatively, head straight to the restaurant for a bite to eat.

Enjoy the property’s heritage

Set aside a few minutes to stroll around the building to get a feel for Matfen Hall’s history.

Information boards at the reception convey elements of the history of the Blackett family and their story.

Wander through the corridors and into the grand hall before taking a look at Matfen church, which is said to have been built so that Sir Edward Blackett could look towards its 117ft high spire and ride home after hunts in the surrounding countryside.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stroll through the gardens too.

Underneath the arches. The great hall within Matfen Hall.

Underneath the arches. The great hall within Matfen Hall.

Take a country walk

Sketch maps are available at reception so you can orientate yourself on walking trails around the grounds of Matfen Hall.

If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging why not pack your hiking boots and explore a section of nearby Hadrian’s Wall or a section of Northumberland National Park?

Keep going. A sign at Matfen Hall.

Keep going. A sign at Matfen Hall.

Sip a G&T by the fireside

Sink into a leather sofa and order a pre-dinner gin and tonic by the fireside.

Alternatively, on summer evenings, sit outside on the terrace, and enjoy sunshine by the conservatory.

50 shades of grey? Sometimes life is about a choice between black or white.

50 shades of grey? Sometimes life is about a choice between black or white.

You could always work up an appetite by playing a game of draughts on the enormous board on the terrace.

Your round or mine, Dear? Sofas by one of the fireplaces in Matfen Hall.

Your round or mine, Dear? Sofas by one of the fireplaces in Matfen Hall.

Treat someone special to dinner

The Library Restaurant holds two AA Rosettes. Why not invite somebody special to share an evening of fine-dining and a glass of wine?

Modern British cuisine are served in the restaurant, whose menus reflect the season.

Beef Wellington served in Matfen Hall's Library Restaurant.

What’s your beef? Beef Wellington served in Matfen Hall’s Library Restaurant.

Further information

See Matfen Hall’s website for further details about the hotel, spa and golf course, and to check room rates and availability.

HotelRez Hotels and Resorts represents and markets more than 350 properties across the United Kingdom, including several at historic country manors, including Matfen Hall.

Find out more about the surrounding countryside on the Visit Northumberland website.

How about this for a comfortable night's sleep? A bedroom at Matfen Hall.

How about this for a comfortable night’s sleep? A bedroom at Matfen Hall.

One Comment

  1. Eddie French says:

    I love the golf up in Northumberland. Can’t wait for my next trip!

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